Holiday Guide: Where and how to celebrate Christmas in the Baton Rouge area

The turkey is gone, and the Black Friday shopping is complete, so most attention turns to the Christmas events in Baton Rouge.

The Baton Rouge area exudes Christmas and holiday cheer and southern hospitality during the season.


December 21: Cirque Musica Holiday Wonderland: The River Center Theatre welcomes Cirque Musica to its stage. 7 pm. $35-$65.

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Baton Rouge Christmas

December 14-16: A Cajun Christmas Carol: Ascension Community Theatre is putting a Cajun twist on the favorite Dickens tale. 7 p.m. $15-25. 

December 14-17: Theatre Baton Rouge’s “A Christmas Carol”: Performances at 7:30 p.m, 2 p.m. Sundays. $35, $25 for students and children seventeen and younger.

December 15-17: Playmakers of Baton Rouge: A musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist, Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. $28 for adults, $20 for students and children.

December 15 & 17: Opéra Louisiane’s Production of The Christmas Spider: 7:30 p.m. each night. $10-$140.

December 16-17: The Nutcracker: A Tale from the Bayou: The “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” melody is intertwined with the holiday season. 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. each day at the River Center for Performing Arts.  $30-$90. Ticketmaster or (225) 766-8379, or at the River Center Box Office.

December 21 and 22: Holiday Movies at the Manship: See some festive films on the big screen at the Manship Theatre. On Thursday, see the 2018 “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” version at 2 p.m. And on Friday, “It’s a Wonderful Life” at 7 p.m. 


December 22: Santa at the Market: Head to the Red Stick Farmer’s market for a special guest appearance from the big guy himself. 

December 21: Story Time with Santa at the Market: Bring the little ones to the Red Stick Farmers Market, where Red Stick Reads will be on hand for a fun seasonal storytime with the jolliest host. 8 a.m.-noon.

Park events

December 16: Reindog Run: BREC is hosting its first annual Reindog Run. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Comite River Conservation Area. $35.

Other events

November 17-December 31: Holiday Lights at Baton Rouge General: Step into a world of enchantment as BRG lights up the night with dazzling displays, including three dancing-light mega trees, 24-foot illuminated tunnels, singing trees, candy canes, snowmen, a giant walk-through ornament, and more.

November 24-December 30: Zoo Lights: Zoo Lights features more than 50 illuminated, larger-than-life displays of flamingos, giraffes, lions, tigers, gorillas, and more, and a range of festive family activities that lights up the night all month long. Bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for a 50 percent discount on admission. 5:30 pm-8 pm nightly. $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages two through twelve. Closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

December 15: Movies on the Plaza: A Christmas Carol: The Main Library at Goodwood will screen Jim Henson’s 1992 adaptation of Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. 7 p.m. Free.

December 15: Outdoor Holiday Movie at Livingston Parish Library: One of the season’s most wonder-filled movies, The Polar Express, will be screened at the Main Branch Library in Livingston, 20390 Iowa St. Free. 6 p.m.

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